Best Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing in New York

This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in New York. Use this list to plan your next New York flatwater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Raquette River

    3 Reviews

    Harrietstown, NY

    Long-distance paddlers can paddle from Long Lake, carrying around Raquette Falls, taking out at either access, or continuing through Stony Ponds to Upper Saranac Lake. The Raquette (“rocket”), ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    Long-distance paddlers can paddle from Long Lake, carrying around Raquette Falls, taking out at either access, or continuing ...

  • #2 Carmans River

    2 Reviews

    Brookhaven, NY

    Carmans River and its surrounding marsh represent one of the last undeveloped estuaries on Long Island. The wildest and most pristine of the island’s four major rivers—the others are Nissequogue, ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Carmans River and its surrounding marsh represent one of the last undeveloped estuaries on Long Island. The wildest and most ...

  • #3 Irondequoit Creek (Ellison Park to Irondequoit Bay)

    3 Reviews

    Penfield, NY

    You have two options for paddling Irondequoit Creek. One is to start in Ellison Park (or upstream from behind Panorama Plaza in Penfield) and paddle downstream to Irondequoit Bay as described ...
    •  4.5 hours
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    You have two options for paddling Irondequoit Creek. One is to start in Ellison Park (or upstream from behind Panorama Plaza ...

  • #4 Burnt Ship & Woods Creek

    2 Reviews

    Grand Island, NY

    Buckhorn Island State Park sits at the northwest point of Grand Island. It’s an island by virtue of narrow streams called Burnt Ship Creek and Woods Creek, which bisect this 895 acres of marsh, ...
    •  2 hours
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Buckhorn Island State Park sits at the northwest point of Grand Island. It’s an island by virtue of narrow streams called ...

  • #5 Susquehanna River

    2 Reviews

    Milford, NY

    From modest beginnings in Otsego Lake—the famed “Glimmerglass” of James Fenimore Cooper—the Susquehanna River meanders quietly southward, gathering hundreds of feeder streams and rivers along ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    From modest beginnings in Otsego Lake—the famed “Glimmerglass” of James Fenimore Cooper—the Susquehanna River meanders quietly ...

  • #6 Black Creek (Chili)

    3 Reviews

    Chili, NY

    You have several options for paddling this area. Launch and/or take-out into either Little Black Creek or Black Creek. There is current in the Genesee River, but it’s easy to paddle upstream ...
    •  4 - 6 hours
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    You have several options for paddling this area. Launch and/or take-out into either Little Black Creek or Black Creek. There ...

  • #7 Tully Lake

    1 Reviews

    Preble, NY

    As the last of the great glaciers (the Wisconsin Glacier) retreated from Central New York, it paused near what is today the village of Tully and deposited a ridge of sand, gravel and till called ...
    •  2.5 - 3 hours
    •  5.2 miles
    •  Guide

    As the last of the great glaciers (the Wisconsin Glacier) retreated from Central New York, it paused near what is today the ...

  • #8 Buffalo River Urban Canoe Trail (West Seneca to Buffalo)

    1 Reviews

    West Seneca, NY

    Paddling this waterway gives you a perspective on development that can only be seen from water level. As you paddle toward Buffalo, you’ll pass through three sections designated the Natural River, ...
    •  4 hours
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Paddling this waterway gives you a perspective on development that can only be seen from water level. As you paddle toward ...

  • #9 Harriman State Park Lakes

    1 Reviews

    Tuxedo Park, NY

    Situated just north of the New Jersey border and only about 45 minutes from New York City, the lakes of Harriman State Park provided a remarkable surprise with fine paddling close to the city. ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  Guide

    Situated just north of the New Jersey border and only about 45 minutes from New York City, the lakes of Harriman State Park ...

  • #10 Canopus Lake and Stillwater Pond

    1 Reviews

    Kent, NY

    Canopus Lake, within Clarence Fahnestock State Park, offers a wonderful paddling opportunity, especially in the off-season. Although the park prohibits gasoline motors, believe it or not, it ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  Guide

    Canopus Lake, within Clarence Fahnestock State Park, offers a wonderful paddling opportunity, especially in the off-season. ...

  • #11 Deer Creek Marsh

    1 Reviews

    Richland, NY

    Deer Creek meanders through one of the extensive marshes that line the shores of eastern Lake Ontario. Fortunately, many of these marshes have protection from development by inclusion in six ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  Guide

    Deer Creek meanders through one of the extensive marshes that line the shores of eastern Lake Ontario. Fortunately, many ...

  • #12 Constitution Marsh

    1 Reviews

    Cold Spring, NY

    Constitution Marsh, owned by the National Audubon Society, provides a wonderful location to take children to learn about nature, including forests, streams, and tidal marshes. Three nature trails ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    Constitution Marsh, owned by the National Audubon Society, provides a wonderful location to take children to learn about ...

  • #13 Oswegatchie River

    2 Reviews

    Fine, NY

    The remarkable Oswegatchie River upstream (right) from Inlet, an extraordinary canoe wilderness, drains the high country of the Five Ponds Wilderness Area. This is one of the few places in the ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  26 miles
    •  Guide

    The remarkable Oswegatchie River upstream (right) from Inlet, an extraordinary canoe wilderness, drains the high country ...

  • #14 East Branch Tioughnioga River (Cuyler to Cortland)

    3 Reviews

    Cuyler, NY

    The Tioughnioga (pronounced tie-uff-nee-oh-ga) River forms from two main branches—the East and West before reaching the Susquehanna River. The East Branch Tioughnioga River flows through a wide ...
    •  5 - 6 hours
    •  19.9 miles
    •  Guide

    The Tioughnioga (pronounced tie-uff-nee-oh-ga) River forms from two main branches—the East and West before reaching the Susquehanna ...

  • #15 Bond Lake

    0 Reviews

    Lewiston, NY

    Bond Lake is a fun paddle on a pristine lake, but the Meyers Lakes are especially scenic, with irregular shorelines cradled by trees that shelter a paddler from winds. It’s easy to portage from ...
    •  1 - 2 hours
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Bond Lake is a fun paddle on a pristine lake, but the Meyers Lakes are especially scenic, with irregular shorelines cradled ...

  • #16 Dryden Lake

    1 Reviews

    Dryden, NY

    120-acre Dryden Lake is surrounded by Dryden Lake Park, replete with picnic areas, pavilions, a playground, restrooms, and fishing/observation platforms. It also sits at the midpoint of the ...
    •  2 hours
    •  1.6 miles
    •  Guide

    120-acre Dryden Lake is surrounded by Dryden Lake Park, replete with picnic areas, pavilions, a playground, restrooms, and ...

  • #17 Eighteenmile Creek (Burnt Dam to Olcott)

    1 Reviews

    Newfane, NY

    We were awed by this waterway. We put in expecting to see a channel lined by docks and boats. Instead, we found ourselves in a pristine valley where great blue herons swooped overhead and duckweed ...
    •  0.5 - 1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    We were awed by this waterway. We put in expecting to see a channel lined by docks and boats. Instead, we found ourselves ...

  • #18 Cliff Lake

    1 Reviews

    Bethel, NY

    Cliff Lake and the surrounding upland belong to Mirant, but the company allows public access from May 1 though the end of November. We love paddling on this out-of-the-way lake, as it receives ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  Guide

    Cliff Lake and the surrounding upland belong to Mirant, but the company allows public access from May 1 though the end of ...

  • #19 Chemung River (Elmira to the PA border)

    0 Reviews

    Elmira, NY

    Once you leave the busy Elmira area, you’ll be in rural landscapes, although I-86 is never far from shore. Waters from the Cohocton and Tioga Rivers merge at Corning to form the Chemung River. ...
    •  6 - 8 hours
    •  12.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Once you leave the busy Elmira area, you’ll be in rural landscapes, although I-86 is never far from shore. Waters from the ...

  • #20 Flanders Bay Tributaries and Peconic River

    0 Reviews

    Riverhead, NY

    Flanders Bay, large and dangerous on a windy day, offers several tributaries with superb paddling; we recommend three creeks: Hubbard, Mill, and Birch. Hubbard Creek’s islands, deep twisting ...
    •  Day Trip
    •  Guide

    Flanders Bay, large and dangerous on a windy day, offers several tributaries with superb paddling; we recommend three creeks: ...